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Forelle Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

You've had this type of salad before with pear, blue cheese, walnuts and cranberries, but this Maple Vinaigrette makes this salad spectacular!

This all began for me in the produce section. I turned the corner to grab a bunch of pears when I spotted these cute little tiny Forelles! I couldn’t resist. When the checkout girl asked me if they were good, I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “I have no idea. I just bought them because they are adorable.” That pretty much sums up how I shop!

You've had this type of salad before with pear, blue cheese, walnuts and cranberries, but this Maple Vinaigrette makes this salad spectacular!

Forelle pears are small, creamy and very sweet. They are best eaten raw and because of their size, perfect for a salad. They are in peak season right now. Buy them when they are firm and greenish. Leave them out on your counter for a few days and they will become a bit golden with flecks of red. Eat them while they still have some firmness to them. Once they get soft (if they give to gentle pressure) they become a bit too mushy for my taste.

You’ve seen this pairing a lot. Pear, blue cheese, walnuts and cranberries. Not the most original salad I’ve ever made, but once I read that Forelles have an undertone of cinnamon, I knew what I wanted to do with the dressing. The dressing is made with a bit of pure, sweet maple syrup. It’s pretty spectacular. The maple compliments the pears so well and gives the dressing a richness without being overpoweringly sweet.

So, I may have terrible shopping skills, but sometimes, like this…it pays off.

You've had this type of salad before with pear, blue cheese, walnuts and cranberries, but this Maple Vinaigrette makes this salad spectacular!

 

Forelle Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

8 C. mixed baby greens
4 – 5 Forelle pears, cut into eighths and cored
1 C. blue cheese crumbles
1 C. walnuts, coarsly chopped and toasted
1 C. dried cranberries (substitute dried cherries if you like)

Maple Vinaigrette
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
1 T. pure maple syrup
2 t. Dijon mustard
1 t. sea salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/3 C. extra virgin olive oil

On four large dinner plates, divide the salad ingredients in the order listed.

In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing.

Pour some over each salad and serve.

Serves 4 large dinner size salads

Notes:

  • This salad works best composed on large dinner plates as opposed to being tossed in a large bowl. If you’d like to prepare this in a bowl, cut the pears into cubes so they can be tossed easily.

 

You've had this type of salad before with pear, blue cheese, walnuts and cranberries, but this Maple Vinaigrette makes this salad spectacular!

 

25 Healthy Apple Recipes

Some of the best healthy apple recipes from your favorite food bloggers!

Every year we go apple picking as a family at least once. We are so lucky to live within minutes of one of the prettiest orchards around. Even the drive there is beautiful. It instantly puts me in a good mood. This year, we’ve gone twice already and I’m pretty much thinking we may go every weekend through the fall. The apples are so incredibly good this time of year and with new varieties peaking every weekend, how could we not?

OK. So, it’s not just the apples…

25 Healthy Apple Recipes

I’ve got a thing for hayrides. I feel like a child as soon as I see the tractor making its way down the path. Once we start moving and the wind is in my hair, you couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face if you tried. I think I tell the driver the same thing every time, “I could do this all day!” I’m sure he thinks I’m a bit of a whack-a-doo, but he’s always got a huge smile on his face too (hmmmm…maybe there is something to that hayride after all).

25 Healthy Apple Recipes

When it’s all done, we head back to the car with bags full of apples, apple cider, apple butter and cider donuts. So, with all of those apples, it’s fun to experiment with different recipes. I’ve got some of my favorites, but I’m always looking for more inspiration. Lucky me, I’ve got some of the most talented blogger friends willing to share their recipes with me…and YOU!

So, get out there and enjoy the cool crisp fall. Go on a hayride (or two), pick some apples and come home and bake up something that puts a smile on your face!

 

Salads and Savory

Shaved Broccoli Salad

Shaved Broccoli Salad with Crisp Apple Slices

 
Curried Chicken Waldorf Salad from Taste Love & Nourish
Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples & Spiced Pecans from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Quinoa, Apple and Almond Salad with Honey Lemon Mint Vinaigrette from Savory Simple
Fall Garden Salad with Apples and Walnuts from Healthy Green Kitchen
Pardina Lentil Green Apple and Kale Salad from An Edible Mosaic
Deb’s Kale Salad with Apple Cranberries and Pecans from Cookie and Kate
Apple, Leek and Gruyere Grilled Cheese from Joanne Eats Well With Others

 

Sweet Things

Baked Cider Donuts

Baked Cider Donuts

 
Apple Butter Danish Ring with Apple Spice Glaze from Taste Love & Nourish
Nut & Berry Stuffed Baked Apples from Will Cook For Smiles
Raw Caramel Apple Cobbler from Spabetti
Apple Pie Inspired Oatmeal from Cookistry
Gluten-Free Jewish Apple Cake from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Baked Apple Rice Pudding from Ricki Heller
Cardamom Apple-Pearsauce from Snappy Gourmet
Apple Oat Bars from Diethood
Applesauce Nut Bread from Skinny Taste

 
 

Smoothies and Snacks

Apple Pie Smoothie Two Ways

Apple Pie Smoothie Two Ways

Green Smoothie from Taste Love & Nourish
Baked Apple and Banana Chips from Taste Love & Nourish
Maple Apple Crunchy Superfood Granola from Taste Love & Nourish
Slow Cooker Applesauce from Poet in the Pantry
Apple Spice Hummus from Recipe Girl
Fresh Apple Salsa from Cooking Light

 
 

25 Healthy Apple Recipes